Joyland by Stephen King
This is a hard-boiled detective fiction that combines elements of crime, horror and the supernatural. It’s about growing up and growing old, psychic abilities and long-lasting friendships. The protagonist is a college student and an aspiring writer who gets away from New England following a heart break, and takes a job at a seaside amusement park “Joyland” in 1970s North Carolina. There he enters a new world that completely alters his life forever. The beginning of the book reads like a memoir and later develops into a murder mystery. It’s a good mash up of pulp crime dealing with different emotions, and it engrosses the reader from beginning to the end.